Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gay Men's Camp Sues Hog Producer For Harassment

One of my correspondents directed my attention to this ruckus brewing in Douglas County, Missouri. Thanks for the tip, Jack. We'll be keeping an eye on it.

It seems that the proprietors of a gay men's campground in Douglas County, Missouri, have filed suit against some of their neighbors for alleged acts of harassment that, among other things, included raising hogs to create a spite farm nuisance. They've also attempted to invoke the hate crime provisions of Missouri law, at least according to the news report.

Not to cast aspersions on the news reporters here but the petition does not seem to invoke the hate crime sanctions of RSM 557.035, perhaps because there's no private right of action therein.
Perhaps that is the reason why the petition was amended.

In their petition the plaintiffs allege that the defendants conspired to oust them and damage them by diverting drainage onto their lands, fire weapons at their property, throw rocks at their property, and harass and annoy the campers. They also allege that diversion of hog waste and effluent was part of the conspiracy.

The defendants, on the other hand, see the issue as a land use dispute at its heart.


The entire revised petition can be viewed at:



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